Local agencies participate in earthquake exercise

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Southwestern Ohio Southeastern Indiana Northern Kentucky (SOSINK) consortium is hosting a four day and two night earthquake exercise from Monday, May 16 through Thursday, May 19.

This local exercise, "Quake 57", is taking place concurrently with three other national level earthquake exercises: National Caduceus (National Level Exercise 2011) which includes multiple federal agencies; Shaken Foundations which includes states from FEMA Region IV and V; and Shaken Horizons which focuses on the State of Ohio.

Quake 57 is a local earthquake exercise involving the State of Ohio, the City of Cincinnati, Butler, Clermont, Hamilton, and Warren Counties and is comprised of 72 hours of simulated activities at several area Emergency Operations Centers.

Emergency planners will address a multitude of hypothetical scenarios based on the aftermath of a 7.7 magnitude earthquake occurring along the New Madrid Fault as well as a 5.7 magnitude earthquake with an epicenter in northwestern Hamilton County.

Simulated emergencies will test local planners' capacity to address crises resulting from two catastrophic earthquakes while focusing on the areas of mass care, communications, emergency operations center management, public information, and critical resource logistics.

All exercise related activity will be simulated and will not result in actual deployments of responders to emergency scenes.

Participants include the State of Ohio Emergency Management Agency, and local representation from Communications Centers, Elected Officials, Emergency Management Agencies, Emergency Medical Services, Fire Departments, Hazardous Materials Units, Hospitals, Law Enforcement, Local Emergency Planning Committee, Metropolitan Medical Response System, Non Governmental Organizations, Public Health, Public Services, Public and Private Utilities, Social Services, Transportation Services, and Urban Search and Rescue Teams.

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